New York Mets vs Washington Nationals Preview and Free Pick

NY Mets (40-34) at Washington (44-32)
When: Tuesday, June 28th 2016
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, DC
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: MLB Network

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The Washington Nationals took the first game of their three-game set against the Mets on Monday to drop New York into third-place in the National League East. Washington hit Noah Syndergaard last night for five runs in three innings en route to a 11-4 thrashing of the Mets. Leadoff hitter Ben Revere set the table all night with four hits, three runs scored, and three stolen bases. Daniel Murphy continued to torment his former team by driving in a pair of runs in the series opener and is 12-for-28 with two homers and eight RBIs in seven meetings this season. While the first-place Nationals have won two in a row following a season-high seven-game losing streak, the Mets have dropped three of five to fall four games out in the NL East. Wilmer Flores had a two-run single in the third inning to give New York a 4-0 lead and is 6-for-14 with four RBIs in his last four games after a 3-for-29 stretch in his previous ten. Nationals OF Jayson Werth is 8-for-24 with seven runs scored versus the Mets this season.


Pitchers: Mets – Matt Harvey (4-9, 4.64 ERA) | Nationals – Lucas Giolito (NA)

Matt Harvey was hit hard in a pair of losses to Washington last month. He was scorched for 14 runs on 16 hits including four homers. Harvey has kept the ball in the park in each of his last five outings and surrendered just eight runs in that span (32 innings), but only has a 1-2 mark to show for it. Harvey has held Bryce Harper in check (1-for-24) in his career, although Anthony Rendon (6-for-17) and Ben Revere (5-for-15) have had success against the struggling right-hander.

Thanks to an injured Stephen Strasburg, Lucas Giolito will get the call-up from Double-A to make his Major League debut. The 21-year-old Giolito, who was the 16th overall pick of the 2012 draft, posted a 5-3 record with a 3.17 ERA in 14 starts with the Harrisburg Senators. Giolito has struck out 72 batters in 71 innings this season.

Washington banged out 17 hits last night and have hit Harvey hard twice this season already. The Mets had 14 hits last night and should be able to get to the young rookie. I like the over in this one.

Pick: Over 8 -120